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Worth noting

• There was a lot of activity on the field prior to batting practice as the catchers practiced throwing to bases, outfielders took fly balls, shortstop Cliff Pennington took grounders and pitchers went through their fielding practice.

"It was a good day out there," Gibson said.

• Outfielder A.J. Pollock has been on quite a roll, hitting .409 over his past six games with a 1.207 on-base plus slugging mark.

"Just maturing," Gibson said. "Starting to trust things that he's seeing and learning what's been talked about. He's got a really good stroke, and ball jumps off his bat. He's got good wheels, he plays good outfield, he's a darn good player."

• Outfielder Alfredo Marte has hit .333 (4-for-12) since being promoted recently from Triple-A Reno.

"He swings the bat good, he's aggressive," Gibson said. "He's improved his defense in the outfield as well. He's a capable hitter off the bench. He fits in nicely."

• Injured pitcher David Hernandez celebrated his 29th birthday Monday, while former D-backs catcher and current Minor League manager Robby Hammock turned 37.

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB.
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